Department of Philosophy

2014 Auburn Philosophy Conference

6th Annual Conference: Philosophy and Film



poster for conference

Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art
Auburn, Alabama
February 21st-22nd, 2014


Speakers and Schedule:

Friday, February 21, 2014

9:00-10:00 Andrew Kania, Trinity University “A Critical Appreciation of Inception

10:10-11:20 Cynthia Freeland, University of Houston "Gustatory Cinema"

11:20-12:30 Katherine Thomson-Jones, Oberlin College “Appreciating Digital Cinema”

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Dominic McIver Lopes, The University of British Columbia "Channel Conditions"

3:10-4:20 George Wilson, University of Southern California“Interpreting Nicholas Ray’s ‘Bigger than Life’: Some Specific and General Issues”

Saturday, February 22, 2014

9:00-10:00 Amy Coplan, California State University, Fullerton TBA

10:10-11:20 David Davies, McGill University "Blade Runner and the cognitive values of cinematic narratives"

11:20-12:30 Stacie Friend, Heythrop College “Based on a True Story”

12:30-2:00 Lunch

2:00-3:00 Robert Hopkins, New York University and the University of Sheffield “Sculpting in Time? On the possibility of temporally inflected experience of cinema”

3:10-4:20 Catharine Abell, The University of Manchester “Genre and Medium”


James Shelley (Auburn University)
Kelly Jolley (Auburn University)


AU Department of Philosophy
AU College of Liberal Arts
AU Philosophy Club

Conference Registration: Registration this year is complimentary. You only have to sign in, but not to pay anything. You can sign in by sending an e-mail to James Shelley or Kelly Jolley.

Conference Location: The sessions will be held in the Auditorium of the Jule Collins Smith Museum of Fine Art, one of Auburn’s lovelier buildings. Shuttle bus service will be provided between the Hotel and the Museum.

Accommodations: Speakers and guests will be staying at the Auburn University Hotel and Conference Center.

Auburn, Alabama: Auburn is located in east central Alabama, on I-85, 100 miles southwest of Hartsfield Jackson Airport, about 110 miles southwest of the center of Atlanta, and 40 miles east of Montgomery. In the area one may find such attractions as the Jimmy Carter Presidential Library, the Martin Luther King Jr. historical district, FDR’s Little White House, Callaway Gardens, the first confederate White House, the Montgomery Civil Rights Memorial, the Rosa Parks Museum, the George Washington Carver Museum at the Tuskegee Institute, and the Blount Shakespeare Theatre.

Last Updated: November 16, 2015